1. You will be divided into groups of three to four, no larger than four.
2. Together, all group members will view the three resources listed below and complete one propaganda analysis worksheet. See resources to access links:
a. Whose Voice Guides Your Choice?
b. Tools of Propaganda used in Fahrenheit 451
c. Propaganda Techniques video
3. Discuss the three sources you have read or watched and make sure that each group member understands the tools used in propaganda. Then choose a commercial from an online video and complete the Propaganda Analysis Worksheet – see resources for link to worksheet, print and complete, and turn in to your classroom teacher.
1. Group members each choose one topic/role listed below and conduct research independently. Links are available under resource tab.
a. Role 1: Read or view each site listed below and compose a written response explaining how propaganda is used in Fahrenheit 451.
i. CliffsNotes– Control of Society in Fahrenheit 451
ii. TeenInk – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
iii. Enotes– Laws or Norms in Fahrenheit 451
b. Role 2: Read and view each site listed below and compose a written response explaining how propaganda was used in America during WWII.
i. World War II Propaganda Posters: part 1 and part 2
c. Role 3: Read or view each site listed below and compose a written response explaining how propaganda is used in political campaigns past and present.
i. The Living Room Candidate
ii. Political Campaign: I Like Ike
iii. Political Campaign: George W. Bush
d. Role 4: Read or view each site listed below and compose a written response explaining how propaganda is used in pop culture/commercials today.
i. Pampers Pooface Ad
ii. Kaku Pure Milk Ice Cream
iii. Michael Jackson: Pepsi Generation
2. Now that you have individually studied propaganda and its various uses, meet back together as a group and share what you learned.
To complete this webquest, compile your information and compose a group essay that answers the essential question: How and why does the media use misinformation/propaganda to sway public opinion? Be sure that you meet the requirements described in the rubric and label each person’s contribution to the essay. Also remember that your classroom teacher has given you specific instructions on how to format and compose your group's essay.
Description: Phase 2, Role 3: This video contains a campaign cartoon for Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Teen Ink - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Description: Phase 2, Role 1: This link explains social problems in the book from a teen perspective; it comments on the ills of society within the text.
Description: Phase 2, Role 3: This video promotes George W. Bush for president arguing that he will provide a safer, stronger America.
CliffsNotes - Control of Society in Fahrenheit 451
Description: Phase 2, Role 1: This webpage gives a brief description of how the government in Fahrenheit 451 controls its citizens using technology.
Description: Phase 2, Role 4: This Pepsi commercial uses celebrity status to promote product.
Propaganda Analysis Worksheet
Description: Phase 1: Print and use this worksheet to analyze a commercial of your group's choice. Do not move on to phase 2 until this is completed. Turn in to your classroom teacher when you finish; be sure to list each group member's name.
Description: Phase 1: This video provides more visual examples of how media uses propaganda techniques to persuade its audience.
Tools of Propaganda used in Fahrenheit 451
Description: Phase 1: This 2-page handout defines the tools of propaganda that are found in Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451. You may print if you want a hard copy.
Whose Voice Guides Your Choice
Description: Phase 1: This powerpoint clearly and simply explains the techniques used in propaganda. At the end, it also provides a checklist of questions to identify propaganda and to help audiences avoid being duped.
World War II Propaganda Posters
Description: Phase 2, Role 2: This website from the national archives houses a collection of two sets of WWII propaganda posters. The posters in part 1 display ideals of patriotism, but the posters in part 2 display the fearfulness of the time. While this is the only resource for role 2, it contains a lot of information. Be sure to read and look through it carefully. Don't rush!